Words by Ben Nour
Named after the early colonial Governor, Lachlan Macquarie, Macquarie University was opened to students on 6th of March, 1967. In its first year, Macquarie had 956 enrolments and 622 effective full-time students. Since then it has grown to become Sydney’s 4th largest University with over 35,000 students.
But if Macquarie University was not officially opened until 1967, why are we celebrating 50 years in 2014?
In the early 1960’s, student university enrolments were low and calls for a third university in Sydney intensified. In 1964, the NSW Government responded to these concerns by drafting and passing the Macquarie University Act 1964 (NSW). So, although technically, the 50-year anniversary for students will not occur for another three years, 2014 marks 50 years since the decision was made to establish Macquarie University.
To make the most of this milestone, the university has planned a huge range of jubilee events and activities. These celebrations will continue until the end of 2017.Events planned include the Student Photography Exhibition opened on the 1st of August. This exhibition showcases historical images from Macquarie’s history, including Conception Day 1970, student protests in the 1980s, and every cover of the University’s various student publications from the past 50 years. Meanwhile, October will see the launch of the Macquarie University Art publication, featuring the University’s vast art collection.
Other events planned include the Jubilee Student Groups Night, celebrating the contributions of past and current university student groups, and the Faculty of Business and Economics Women’s conference, a gala event featuring prominent Macquarie women.
For more information on planned celebratory events and activities, visit Jubilee.mq.edu.au or follow Macquarie University on Facebook.